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Unlike the current desktop and netbook Atom CPUs, Intel's next generation of “full fat” Atom processors won't be using Intel graphics, instead the company has extended its licensing with PowerVR and we'll be seeing an SGX545 graphics core in these new Atom processors. This is actually quite a significant step for Intel as it indicates a move away from its own graphics IP for the entire Atom series of CPUs.

Full story at VR-Zone

Get Imgtec SGX5 series factsheet here

3D-Tech News Around The Web / dEngine: iOS 3D renderer source code
« on: May 11, 2011, 10:59:31 PM »
Fabien Sanglard decided to release the source code of the OpenGS ES 1.0/2.0 renderers he wrote in the summer of 2009 nicknamed "dEngine". It was the first renderer to feature Shadow Mapping and Bump Mapping on iPhone at the time.

Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs.

Unlike most astronomy software that just shows you what the sky looks like or where the planets are, Universe Sandbox is a powerful gravity simulator. You can add another star to our solar system and watch it rip the planets from their orbits.

The free forever version allows you to explore and discover any simulation. Optionally you can upgrade to to the premium version for unlimited control.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Quadro driver 270.73 WHQL
« on: May 10, 2011, 05:14:56 PM »
Downloads at NVIDIA

Changes in Version 270.73

The following sections list the important changes and the most common issues resolved 
since driver version 270.51. 

Windows Vista/Windows 7 32-bit Issues

 Fixed Single-GPU Issues

 Quadro 4000/5000: 3DCoat–OpenGL VBO memory leak occurs when running the 

Windows Vista/Windows 7 64-bit Issues

 Fixed Single-GPU Issues

 Quadro 4000/5000: 3DCoat–OpenGL VBO memory leak occurs when running the 

 Quadro 2000: SPECapc for Maya 2009–the display output is corrupt. 

3D-Tech News Around The Web / MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 3
« on: May 08, 2011, 09:02:08 PM »
We're happy to see MSI Afterburner is leading the overclock applications. MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 3 is ready, changes list includes:

Changes list includes:

    Added core voltage control for alternate revision of reference design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 series graphics cards
    Added new compatibility option to "General" tab, allowing you to select GPU
    type on some graphics card models using different GPU types (e.g. low-leakage and high-leakage Cayman GPUs on RADEON 6950 series graphics cards). The option affects default reference GPU voltage and 3D voltage control path
    Added memory and VRM temperature monitoring for custom design MSI N580GTX Lightning series graphics cards with NCT7718W thermal sensors
    Added memory and VRM temperature monitoring for custom design MSI R6970 Lightning series graphics cards with NCT7718W thermal sensors
    Updated MSI On-Screen Display server:
    Fixed resource leak in desktop video capture path, causing it to start capturing plain black frames instead of desktop after a few minutes of desktop video capture
    Fixed issue causing frames in video stream to be periodically duplicated during desktop video capture causing video stream to be longer than it is supposed tobe. This could cause audio/video de-synchronization after a few minutes of desktop video capture
    Improved OpenGL On-Screen Display coordinates calculation for framebuffer
    coordinate space mode
    Added custom raster 3D fonts support to On-Screen Display in addition to the previously available vector 2D / 3D fonts. On-Screen Display 3D mode rendering mode switch has been replaced with new vector 2D / vector 3D / raster 3D rendering modes switch
    Now On-Screen Display coordinates are specified in pixels instead of zoomed units
    Now it is possible to use drag-and-drop in On-Screen Display preview window to adjust On-Screen Display position
    Now On-Screen Display supports tabulation symbols for better appearance in conjunction with variable width custom fonts

3D-Tech News Around The Web / S3 Chrome XP driver
« on: May 06, 2011, 05:43:30 PM »
Chrome 500 Series: Windows XP Driver
Chrome 500 Series: Windows XP 64bit Driver
Chrome 400 Series: Windows XP Driver

05/05/2011 Version:


- White window when launch ogl 3.x demo in GPU caps Viewer 1.8.2 (58052-0518)

- Web posting driver 0517-17.09.18q can be installed with customized board through InstallShield (67489-0533)

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. After three years of development, NVIDIA has released new major version of PhysX physics engine – PhysX SDK 3.0.

Full story at PhysXinfo

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Catalyst 8.850 EDG Direct
« on: May 05, 2011, 07:03:48 PM »

This driver exposes a new extension: GL_AMD_multi_draw_indirect and adds support for E6760
Runtime updates: OpenGL 10750, CAL 1385

;----------1104281418-8.85-110419a-116502C-EDG Direct
DriverVer=04/19/2011, 8.850.0.0000
"AMD Radeon E6760" = ati2mtag_Vancouver, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6743
"AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics" = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9804
"AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics " = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9805
"AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics" = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9802
"AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics " = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9803
"ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400" = ati2mtag_M72, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94C9
"ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series" = ati2mtag_RS880M, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9712
"ATI RADEON E2400" = ati2mtag_M72, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94CB
"ATI RADEON E4690" = ati2mtag_M9x, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9491
"ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics" = ati2mtag_RS780M, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9612
"ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics " = ati2mtag_RS780, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9615
"ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series" = ati2mtag_Evergreen, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68B8

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Spam bot "federer" killed, assuming it wasn't Jerome's tennis playing compatriot  ;D

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Quadro driver 270.71 WHQL
« on: May 04, 2011, 05:29:15 PM »
Downloads at NVIDIA

This driver exposes Quadro 7000

DriverVer   = 04/26/2011,
NVIDIA_DEV.109B.01 = "NVIDIA Quadro 7000"

New in Release 270.71:

    CUDA 4.0 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications.  See CUDA for more details.
    NVIDIA Control Panel Updates
        3D Vision/Stereoscopic 3D
            Added controls for tuning 3D windowed mode on or off
    3D Vision
        With Release 270 drivers, the 3D Vision Controller driver is now included with all GPU driver installations.
        You do not need to install a separate 3D Vision Controller driver or CD driver.
        Added new features to 3D Vision window mode:
            Adds support for HDMI 1.4 3D TVs when using 3DTV Play software, including DirectX 9 games, Google Earth, and
            3D Vision window mode now works with Windows Aero enabled.
            New NVIDIA Control Panel option to toggle 3D Vision window mode on or off.
    NVIDIA Surround
        Added 3D Vision Surround support when using 3D Vision monitors with built-in IR emitters.
    Workstation application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.

Unlike existing mobile benchmarking applications available for Android enthusiasts, the Electopia OpenGL ES 2.0 benchmark is written by game development experts in a manner that is representative of advanced, real world mobile games. Electopia provides accurate graphics performance measurements along with unique features like the ability to isolate GPU performance from other system factors like LCD resolution.

Read more about Electopia and Tactel at

Key features

Electopia features high end features such as

•Particle Effects
•GPU skinned character animations
•Water surface rendering using normal maps
•Cube map reflection materials
•Projected Shadows
•Depth of Field post processing effect
•Bloom post processing effect
•48 000 average triangles per frame

The Future

We are planning to add a lot features to the Electopia benchmark in the future, these are just a few:

Breakdown of frame draw and benchmark options for:

•Fill Rate
•Pixel Shaders
•Vertex Shaders
•Shader particles

More customizable options

•Texture filtering
•Different vertex modes

CPU specific tests

Happy benchmarking!

For some reason the Electopia PC version has been removed from Qualcomm developer network...

EDIT: following issue has been fixed in version 1.1

Cheapskates like me using a low resolution Android device (i use Samsung Galaxy Ace) have to edit assets\electopia.ini (and fix the checksums afterwards)


# 0=Fixed Size of 800x480, 1=Default device screen resolution (fullscreen)

From their very inception, 3D programs have been used to imitate natural phenomena, creating realistic, stylized, or artistic effects. A greater range of effects is now possible than in the past, before the advent of computer technology. The dynamics/particle effects component of 3D software combined with compositing programs-many of which also have particle capabilities-have primarily been used to create these effects, which have become a mainstay in film, commercial, and game production.

Full story at Intel

Let's look into life with VIERA through iPhone camera.
"Panasonic VIERA AR Setup Simulator", is an AR (Augmented Reality) application that integrates real-time generated 3DCG to the real world through iPhone camera.
When turning the camera to special AR Marker, you can simulate setting up 3D VIERA.

The AMD Radeon™ E6760 embedded discrete graphics processor (GPU) enables an exceptional entertainment experience with immersive desktop-level 3D graphics and outstanding multimedia features.

Download whitepaper

Psscor4 can help you diagnose high-memory issues, high-CPU issues, crashes, hangs and many other problems that might occur in a .NET application; in scenarios involving live processes or dump files.
If you are familiar with SOS.dll, the managed-debugging extension that ships with the .NET Framework, Psscor4.dll provides a superset of that functionality.
Most of the added functionality helps you identify issues in ASP.NET.For example, Psscor4 provides the ability to view:
•managed call stacks (with source mappings)
•managed exception information
•what types are in the managed heap and their reference chain
•which ASP.NET pages are running on which thread
•the contents of the ASP.NET cache
•and much more.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Catalyst 11.4 WHQL
« on: April 27, 2011, 06:08:22 PM »
AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 Release Notes

Direct downloads incl. OpenCL
Vista/Seven 64 Desktop
Vista/Seven 32 Desktop

Vista/Seven 64 Mobility
Vista/Seven 32 Mobility
Hybrid notebook users must not uninstall their OEM driver, i.e. install this one on top of the old driver!

Looks like recent drivers are only for "Snow Leopard"

Version: 256.01.00f03v7

Release Date: 2011.03.22

GeForce 300M series:
GT 330M, GT 320M

GeForce 200 series:
GTX 285 for MAC

GeForce 100 series:
GT 120

GeForce 9M series:

GeForce 8 series:
8800 GT

GeForce 8M series:
8800M GTS, 8800M GS

Quadro series:
4000 for Mac

Quadro FX series:
FX 4800 for MAC, FX 5600

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD GPUPerfAPI 2.8
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:58:58 AM »
GPUPerfAPI is AMD's library for accessing GPU performance counters on ATI Radeon graphics cards. It is used by GPU PerfStudio 2 and the AMD APP Profiler and is now available to third party developers who wish to incorporate it within their own applications. GPUPerfAPI supports DirectX10, DirectX11, OpenGL, and OpenCL applications.

Release Notes

Version 2.8 (4/22/11)

    DirectX 10:
        Fixed GPUTime support on AMD Radeon HD 2000 and 3000 Series hardware.
    DirectX 11:
        Fixed counter accessibility on AMD Radeon HD 2000 and 3000 Series hardware.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Pixel Noir - real time OpenGL demo
« on: April 22, 2011, 01:50:38 PM »
Pixel Noir is a real-time demo that my colleague Thomas Weber and I have programmed during a lab course at the Vienna University of Technology in winter 2010. Our goal was to create a short scene that showcases cinematic real-time graphical effects as provided by our own render-engine based on modern OpenGL.

Here are a few technical facts and features of our demo project:

    Variance Shadow Mapping
    Post-Process Depth of Field
    Particle-effects for dusty air-particles
    Gamma-correct handling of textures and image output
    Tone mapping and cinematic color curves
    Barrel distortion
    Adhoc evaluation of bezier splines for animated objects
    Using Loose Octrees[1] for View Frustum Culling.
    COLLADA based content pipeline, including import of geometry, animations, common materials with textures and additional 3D Studio Max specific extra profile data.
    Awesome OpenGL core profile and extension loader, automatically generated from the OpenGL specification.
    OpenGL 3.3 core profile

With my ATI rig i had to decrease FSAA in demo_config.txt

We’re pleased to announce the availability of NVIDIA Parallel Nsight 2.0 Release Candidate (RC).

Parallel Nsight is the first and only development environment for massively parallel computing integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio, the world’s most popular development environment.  Parallel Nsight enables developers to easily create GPU-accelerated applications for a range of desktop and supercomputing platforms.

Parallel Nsight 2.0 makes parallel programming easier than ever, giving developers access to more tools and workflows they expect from developing on the CPU. The new release provides a number of new and enhanced features, including full support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, support for CUDA Toolkit version 4.0, attach to process support, PTX/SASS assembly debugging, other advanced debugging and analysis capabilities, graphics performance and stability enhancements.

Registered developers may download Parallel Nsight 2.0 RC as well as the required driver free of charge at

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